Brandon Jennings and a Lesson in Overvaluing Yourself

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I'm a big proponent of being realistic. Particularly when it comes to yourself. Know what you are good at, work on the things you aren't good at and have goals and expectations that match those attributes. It can be a hard thing for some people to do.  But it's a necessary step we all must take if we expect to succeed.

If there has been one entity  that has been the biggest loser of this NBA Free Agency period, it has to be Brandon Jennings' ego.  The 4th year point guard expected a big pay day this offseason. And while he still may get a significant deal, the likelihood of a deal even remotely close to his expectations appears to be very slim.

Brandon Jennings is a good player. He is a slightly above average point guard in a league that has the most talent at point guard as it has ever had in it's history. Yeah, I said it. And I'm not taking it back. Chris Paul. Deron Williams. Tony Parker. Kyrie Irving. Rajon Rondo. Damian Lillard. Russell Westbrook. Stephen Curry. I challenge you to find a time where there was a deeper pool of elite point guards. I'll wait...

I'm sure Jennings thinks he belongs in the same class as those guys. And you could make an argument that he does. But I disagree. Brandon Jennings belongs in a tier below those elite point guards I mentioned above. Along with guys like Jrue Holiday, Mike Conley Jr, Ty Lawson and Kemba Walker. 

The reality for Brandon Jennings is that there just isn't a huge market for a shoot first point guard who isn't very efficient.  Most NBA teams are set at point guard. But there are several teams that could use an upgrade at PG:

  • Los Angeles Lakers - Steven Nash is old. And there isn't much else on that roster.  He'd be a good fit for that team. Next year. As it stands now, they don't have the money.
  • New York Knicks - This is the ideal spot for Jennings. But they can't afford him. 
  • Miami Heat -   Again, this would be a great landing spot for him but they also can't afford him.
  • There are also several bottom feeding teams that could use an upgrade at the PG position. But none of these teams make sense for Jennings and those teams don't need to overpay an inefficient shoot first point guard who's not a good defender. 

The reality for Jennings is this is just not a great year to try to cash in for him. He's not in high demand (this video does a great job of breaking down why) and he's not nearly as good as he'd like to think he is. There is a place for him in the league. He just needs to realize where that place is. And it's much lower down the totem pole than he wants to admit.